You are one of those people who rates items durability over all other factors? Want and USB flash drive that’s rugged will survive drops and shocks. Also, want a drive with added data security? The Patriot Supersonic Bolt XT is very secure drive inside out, and it offers decent performance – you can’t call it slow, but it’s also not one of the fastest drives on the market. The rugged rubber housing and built-in FIPS 197 256-bit AES security makes sure Supersonic Bolt XT will save your files from unwanted eyes and physical damage. On the paper, it seems like a perfect flash drive for daily use, is it so? We will find out.
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Performance and technical specifications
You can’t call Patriot Supersonic Bolt XT super fast, it’s not one of those high-end super performance drives like Corsair Flash Voyager GTX or Lexar JumpDrive P20, but still, it shows fair performance for everyday use. We did some testing with a PC running Windows 10 that has the following specifications:
- CPU – Intel i5-6500
- RAM – 8GB
- SSD – ADATA SU800 512GB
We tested this drive by transferring many different size files starting from 1GB to 10GB and did some benchmark testing. In the result, we got an average read speed of 122 MB/s and write speed of 58 MB/s. Performance is relatively close to Lexar JumpDrive Tough which is also a rugged flash drive but lacks security features.
Patriot Supersonic Bolt XT specifications:
- Available capacities – 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
- Interface – USB 3.0 that’s backwards compatible with USB 2.0
- Warranty – 5-years
- Weight – 0.8 ounces
Should you buy it?
If data security matters to you and you are going to use it, then go ahead and get it. You won’t be disappointed as this drive can satisfy all your needs. It has a decent performance, rugged build, and security features. We think that it’s perfect for traveling aboard where you won’t pay extra attention to it, just throw it in your bag and use it when you need it. With Password, protection and 256-bit AES no else besides you won’t be able to access this drive.
If you don’t really need security features, you can take a look at something more cheaper with a similar performance like Lexar JumpDrive Tough.
Supersonic Bolt XT feature a design that stands out from other drives, even other rugged ones. Rubber housing with military gray finish gives this drive a very harsh and durable look. At first sight, it seems like this drive could withstand anything. It can surely withstand some drops and shocks, but Patriot hasn’t indicated whether it meets shockproof or waterproof standards. Is it waterproof? Probably, but we wouldn’t test it as there is no information is that true. If we had to buy a thumb drive that we would use in tough conditions and take on adventure trips, we definitely would prefer drive like Lexar JumpDrive Tough where Lexar has shown what this drive can withstand. Or more aesthetic looking Samsung Bar that can withstand anything, even X-rays and magnets. Still, we are sure that Supersonic Bolt XT is very durable.
This drive features a lettering of “Supersonic Bolt XT” where “XT” is highlighted with red color. This thumb drive has a design that features a cap to protect the USB 3.0 connector, and that’s no surprise as the most rugged drives has a cap but for a device that’s slightly more expensive then competition there could be integrated slide mechanism. USB flash drive connector caps get lost easily.
There is also a led that indicates whether Supersonic Bolt XT is connected and if it’s working. On the opposite side of the connector, you can find a rectangle shape hole to lace it or attach it to your keychain.
In the end, we would like to highlight two things. First, this thumb drive is a great place to store your data and keep it safe. We really loved the password protection interface and rugged build. Second thing is that this drive doesn’t feature a good performance to price ratio. It’s quite expensive when compared with other similar drives and performance isn’t top level, it’s mid-range. Despite that, you will still do just fine, and daily data transfers shouldn’t get you any worries. Just keep in mind that you can find faster drives. We also think that for a device that’s fairly expensive, there shouldn’t be a cap that protects the USB 3.0 connector. Patriot should have come up with a different solution as caps tend to get lost very easily.